Now, during U.S. Open week, Jacobs has created Payne Stewart’s memorable putt to win the 1999 U.S. Open.
A few notes of what we at Pinehurst liked best about the Lego video:
:00 seconds Dick Enberg’s call. Just brilliant. That call is so pitch-perfect.
:03 LOOK AT THE FIST PUMP! Jacobs absolutely nails Payne’s famous fist-pump.
:06 The next couple of details are incredibly good. Watch how Lego Mike Hicks – Payne’s Caddie – comes off the ground a little bit when they come together. Hicks had jumped into Payne’s arms, as does Lego Hicks. So good. Even better, though, is how Lego Hicks’ cap moves up slightly after their high-five (also spot-on). That happens for real in 1999 as well.
:09 While Lego Hicks and Lego Payne come together, look at the legs of the figures. You’ll notice Lego Payne is wearing knickers and long white socks.
:13 Check out the expression on Lego Phil Mickelson’s face at first. It’s an even expression, and then Lego Lefty breaks into the sheepish smile. Same as ’99.
Also, note Lego Lefty’s visor. So perfect.
:15 The embrace. Lego Payne and Lego Phil embrace, and you can see them talking. Some don’t know that Phil first said, “I’m so happy for you,” to Payne, and here, you can see Lego Lefty talking. Then Lego Payne cradles Lego Lefty’s face and says, “You’re going to be a father.”
:18 Finally, Lego Payne picks the ball up out of the cup and kisses it. But he also raises the ball and roars, and it’s right on with the audio from the day.
Details matter in these, and Jacobs nails it, right down to the vest Payne made on his way to the first tee that fateful day. Look closely and you’ll see Jacobs has made the edges of the sleeves ragged. Remember, those vests weren’t around in 1999. Payne cut the sleeves off with scissors. And we still have the sleeves and scissors on display here at Pinehurst.
Well done, Jared. Well done.